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Appeal over injured backpacker

The parents of a British backpacker battling for life in hospital in Australia have appealed for help in solving the mystery of how he came to suffer critical injuries.

Police found Daniel Moore, 21, lying in the middle of a street in Sydney with a fractured skull, broken ribs and internal bleeding early on Sunday morning.

His parents, Robin Moore and Valerie Rutter, flew into Australia on Wednesday to be at his bedside.

They made an emotional plea at a police press conference for information about what happened to their son.

Detectives want to speak to a taxi driver who took Mr Moore and a friend from central Sydney to the northern suburb of Manly, where the backpacker was found.

The driver is believed to be one of the last people to have seen the Briton before he was injured.

Mr Moore's father said: "Daniel has been living and working in Australia for two years now and he has loved every moment of it. We are pleading for the taxi driver to come forward. He may well be the only person who can help us figure out what happened to Daniel."

A visibly-upset Mrs Rutter added: "Would anybody that knows anything... it might be totally irrelevant, but please, please just come forward."

Detective Inspector Luke Arthurs, from Manly police, said: "We are hoping the driver can shed some light on Daniel's movements before he was injured, as at this stage we have no witnesses who would be able to assist us in the investigation."

Mr Moore, from Marske-by-the-Sea, Redcar, Cleveland, had been living in Manly, whose beaches and bars make it popular with surfers and backpackers. He is being treated in Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital, where his condition is described as critical.

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